Tourist Places in Delhi
The Indian capital Delhi is one of major tourist places of India which has always the centre of attractions for everyone, whether it is an Indian or a foreigner. In Mahabharat period, the Indraprastha city, established by Pandavas was the centre of attraction at that time and was considered as a miracle city. However, at present its no evidence is available but Delhi has several other historical monuments, which depicts the history of this city. India's rich culture, history and myriad wealth had always attracted invaders including muslim invaders in which some looted the country while some established here and ruled over it.
Delhi is not the capital of India but also the capital of heritage sites especially muslim heritage sites. Since Qutubuddin Aibak, first Muslim ruler of Ghulam Dynasty to Bahadurshah Zafar, last Mughal emperor have made some architectural structures which still remind the glory of that period. The famous UNESCO's world Heritage sites - Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar are the best examples of it, which attract thousands of tourists every year.
After Mughals, the Britishers too made several remarkable architectures that have mingled in today's life. The best examples of British architectures are Connaught Place (that is also known as Lutyens' zone) and Viceroy House (modern President House). Several Tourists also reach Delhi because it is the capital of India and they can get several important information and other required facilities that cannot be available in other city.
Delhi is rich in monuments, Heritage sites, Temples and shrines and other tourist attractions. Some of the major places of interests in Delhi are:
Visit to Connaught Place of Delhi
Connaught Place is the heart of New Delhi and a prime business centre of state. Connaught Place is also the foremost centre of shopping and eating. Almost all the Multinational Companies have opened their outlets here. Several outlets of reputed food chains and coffee houses can also be find here like McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Barista Café, and Café Coffee Day etc.
Connaught Place has several four and five star hotels in Delhi like Hotel Taj, Hotel Le Meridian, Hotel Ashoka, Hotel Inter Continental and Hotel City Park etc. for better accommodation and comfortable stay.
Trip to Chandni Chowk of Delhi
Like Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk is the heart of old and indigenous Delhi. Chandni Chowk has a long glorious history and currently prime business centre. Each street of Chandni Chowk is famous for its genuine characteristics whether for shopping, travelling, staying or dinning. The streets like 'The Parathe wali Gali' (the bread alleyway), Chhatta Chowk and Dariba Kalan are famous for foods, gems and antiques, and silver and gold metals and ornaments respectively. Chandni Chowk is an important place from religious point of view too as it contains the worship place of every major religions of India.
Visit to Nehru Place of New Delhi
Nehru Place is Asia's largest computer market and hub of trading. This electronic market is facilitated with all the essential environment, required for setting up a business. Most of the major companies have set up their offices here.
Travel to Khan Market of Delhi
Delhi's most expensive shopping centre is Khan market. Here you can get every thing of daily usage and also several eating points. You can take the enjoyment of marketing if you have fat wallet.
Azad Hind Gram must to see in Delhi
Azad Hind Gram is modern Tourist complex set up to preserve and display the model of developed Indian Village. It is developed by Delhi Tourism Department (DTTDC) to create leisure quality space and wayside amenities to the citizens. It is named Azad Hind Gram behind the Indian revolution Army 'Azad Hind Fauz' led by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose must to see places in Delhi. It is one of the newly developed tourist attractions, lies at Tikri Kalan, Rohtak Road, near Delhi-Haryan border.
Pragati Maidan Travel in Delhi
Pragati Maidan is one of the major places of Interest in Delhi, lies at Mathura Road between Old Fort and Delhi Gate. It is owned and managed by Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the premier trade promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India. It is the largest exhibition centre of Delhi, built for promoting the trade companies' business and displaying exhibition.
Monuments of Delhi
Visit to Humayun's Tomb of Delhi
Humayun's Tomb is the most prestigious monument in Delhi and also listed in UNESCO's World Heritage sites. It is made by Hamida Banu Begam, the widow of second Mughal Emperor Humayun in the memory of her beloved husband. It is situated at Nizamuddin East area in South Delhi.
Must to see Safdarjung Tomb of Delhi
Situated near to Safdarjung airport, close to rose garden, Safdarjung Tomb is a garden Tomb with mausoleum. Built by Nawab of Awadh Shuja-ud-Daula in the memory of his father Mukeem Abul Mansoor Khan who was renowned as Safdarjung. This monument is finest example of post Mughal era architecture.
Jamali Kamali's Tomb visit in Delhi
The Jamali Kamali's Tomb is situated in the Archaeological Village complex of Mehrauli along with an adjacent mosque. This twin tomb refers to two separate persons Jamali and Kamali. Jamali was the name of renowned Sufi saint of Lodi dynasty Shaikh Fazlu'llah whose pseudo name of Shaikh Jamali Kamboh or Jalal Khan. It is unknown who was Kamali.
Mirza Ghalib's Tomb trip in Delhi
The mausoleum of famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib is situated at Nizamuddin village near the shrine complex of famous Sufi saint of Chishti Mystic Khwaza Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. It is a small but famous tomb and visitors of Nizumuddin shrine also visit here.
Forts in Delhi
The famous Red Fort of Delhi is situated at Chandni Chowk, opposite to Jama Masjid. It is one of the prime tourist tourism attractions of Delhi and one the three UNESCO's World Heritage sites. Most of Delhi visitors come to see this fort. It was built by fifth Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, who had also built Taj Mahal, one of the modern seven adventures of the world.
This ruined fort is situated on the ring road near the Delhi's National Zoo. Despite being in debris status, this fort attracts thousands of visitors daily. Here is a museum inside the fort's premise while you can enjoy the paddle boating outside the Fort, as there is a small lake on the left wall of the fort. It was built by second Mughal Emperor Humayun.
Tughlakabad fort is also a ruined fort lies at Mehrauli-Badarpur road in Tughlakabad area of South Delhi only 4 k.m. away from Badarpur border. It is a massive fort which could never been colonilized. First ruler of Tughlak dynasty Ghiyasuddin Tughlak had built it.
Adilabad fort lies near to Tughlakabad fort. It was a modest citadel, built by second ruler of Tughlak dymasty Muhammad-bin-Tughlak after demises of his father and acquiring the Delhi sultanate. This fort is a less known fort but in actual, it represents a fine example of Indo-Arab sample of architecture.
Salimgarh Fort, a ruined fort near Red Fort is built by Salim Shah Suri, the son of Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri, who ruled over India in the pause of Humayun's ruling. Salimgarh Fort and Red Fort is connected through a bridge and it is considered in the premise of Red Fort. UNESCO's (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared the Red Fort Complex in which Salimgarh Fort comes 'the World Heritage Sites'.
Heritage sites of Delhi
Qutub Complex is situated in the modern Mehrauli village. Due to situating UNESCO's World Heritage site, Qutub Minar - the world's highest brick minarets, this entire complex premise is called Qutub Complex or Qutb Complex. Besides Qutub Minar, Alai Darwaza, Alai Minar, Allauddin Khilji's Tomb and madarsa, iron pillar, Quwwatul Islam Mosque, the tomb of Iltutamish and Imam Zamin exist there in the Qutub Complex. A Sulphur Baoli (step well) and Tomb of Adham Khan also lie near to Qutub Complex.
The Hauz Khas complex lies in the Hauz Khas Village area, which is a posh area of south Delhi. The complex houses a water tank, an Islamic seminary, a mosque, a tomb, a pavilions and tomb of Firoz Shah Tughlaq. It was built by first Allauddin Khilji - the second ruler of Delhi Sultanate of Khilji Dynasty, and Firoz Shah Tughlak - the third Sultan of Tughlaq dynasty. It was the part of extinct fort Siri Fort.
Situated at Sansad Marg, New Delhi, Jantar Mantar is fine example of Indian architecture, made for measuring the time and astronomical calculation. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Delhi and must visit site. It was made by Maharaja Jai Singh - II of Jaipur in 1724 A.D.
Those who visit Red Fort defenately visit Jama Masjid too, as it lies opposite to Lahori Gate of Red Fort at Chandni Chowk, Delhi. Jama Masjid was also built by Fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to perform the Juma Namaz (Friday Afternoon Prayer). It is one of the largest mosque of India, where as much as 25,000 worshippers can perform namaz at a time in its courtyard.
The current President House (famed as Rastrapati Bhawan) is one of the finest examples of British architecures in India. It was built with the aim to live erstwhile Viceroy of India, but after India's independence, it is declared as President House of India. The Rastrapati Bhawan is situated at Raisina hills, just 1.5 k.m. away from Connaught Place. India Gate lies just opposite to it. The way from India Gate to President House is called Rajpath (King's way) while its perpendicular way is called Janpath (public's way).
To pay the homage of brave warriors of Indo-British Army who scarified their life in the World War - II, this marvelous Gate was built by British Government in 1921. Sir Edwin Lutyens had designed this gate on which the names of those martyr soldiers were carved. Every year on the day of Republic Day, the celebration of India's complete sovereignty is celebrated here. The annual parade and state's culture exhibition is on Republic Day is the must see moment, don't miss it.
Other Major Tourist Attractions around Delhi
As the name suggests, Lotus Temple looks like white Lotus and is one of the seven Bahai Houses of Worships in the world made by the followers of Bahai Community. It's 27 petals displays an amazing aerial view. Due to its marvelous architecture, Lotus Temple (Kamal Mandir in Hindi) has won several architectural awards.
The Akshardham Temple is a must visit site of Delhi not from religious point of but more architectural points of view. It is the largest temple of Delhi and one of the biggest temple of India. It is situated at NH-24, at NOIDA more near the Commonwealth Village - 2010 in East Delhi.
The Hindu shrine Chhatarpur Temple is situated at Chhatarpur Village in South Delhi. Chhatarpur Temple attracts both devotees and tourists. It is a fine example of Hindu architecture and a major tourist destination of Delhi. This temple is devoted to Deity Adya Katyayani, the sixth incarnation of Deity Durga, and on the festival of Durga Puja and Diwali, the thousands of devotees reach here. It is the second biggest Temple of Delhi.
ISCKON Temple of Delhi
Lies near to Lotus Temple, ISCKON Temple is also one of the most visited sites of Delhi. Usually, who visit Lotus Temple, also visit ISCKON Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Deity Radha. It is situated at East of Kailash, South Delhi.
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is the biggest Sikh's place of worship in Delhi, where not only devotees but several tourists visit here. In actual, it was a bungalow of Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur who was the great devotee of 8th Sikh Guru Sri Harkrishan Sahib. He granted his residence to convert it as Gurdwara, when Guruji died from Cholera. It is situated at Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Other Religious Places in Delhi
Lakshmi Narayan Temple Delhi, Kalibari Mandir, Kalkaji Mandir, Malai Mandir, Gurdwara Rakabganj, Gurdwara Shisganj, Cathedral Church of Sacred Heart, Cathedral Church of Redemption, St.Shephan Church, Central Baptist Church, Fatehpuri Masjid (Mosque), Khirki Mosque, the Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Aulia and Dargah of Hazrat Khawja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki.
Here is the list of other tourist spots in Delhi:
National Museum, National Zoo, Natioanl Rail Museum, Delhi Metro Rail Museum, International Dolls Museum, Air Force Museum, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Gate, Ahinsa Sthal, National Science Centre, Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium, Trimurty Bhawan, Raj Ghat, Lodi Garden, Rose Garden, Gautam Budhdha Park, Swarn Jayanti Park (Japanese Park), Coronation Park, Indraprastha Park, and Indian Habitat Centre etc.